Franklin Mortgage will be using its recently added upstairs bar to teach customers how to make cocktails. First up is “Introduction to Tiki.” Learn about tiki culture and tiki cocktails while enjoying a daiquiri, mai tai and zombie.
The tiki class is this Thursday at 6 p.m. and costs $85 per person. New head bartender, Mike Treffehn will be teaching the class.
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This Sunday, Lemon Hill is hosting a tiki pop-up. The Franklin’s Mike Treffehn and Aaron Siak are going to be at the Fairmount bar blending fresh pina coladas, daiquiris and more.
The fun runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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Cuba Libre and Rum Bar are both celebrating National Rum Day today with boozy specials and events.
During their Caippy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Cuba Libre will be offering their 100+ list of rums and 30 rum cocktails for half price. Available only in the bar area, prices for the rum alone will run from $4 to $19 and mixed rum drinks will be $4.50 to $6. Cuba Libre’s usual Caippy Hour specials will be available including caipirinhas, caipiroskas and sakerihnas for $5 each, house wine and sangria, select beers for $4 and bar bites for $5 each.
Tonight Rum Bar is bringing together their own Adam Kanter with Han Dynasty’s Katie Loeb for a one night tiki pop-up called Duke’s Surf Bar to celebrate the national holiday. For the night 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10. If all goes well and Kanter finds a good locale, Duke’s Surf Bar could become a brick-and-mortar reality.
Cuba Libre [Official Site]
Rum Bar [Official Site]
Next month Adam Kanter is holding a one night tiki pop-up at his Rum Bar. But the concept he’s dubbed Duke’s Surf Bar could be a permanent fixture if he finds the right location and funding.
Kanter’s idea for Duke’s is inspired by a couple bars he’s been to. The first is a Barbados surf bar which has a cool vibe, good music and of course an ocean view, but the drinks are terrible. In London he discovered Casita, a tiny bar with committed owners/bartenders who do the prep work during the day and make the drinks at night.
One possible location for Duke’s would be Rum Bar’s basement with an entrance from Moravian Street. That should make Jason happy as his dream tiki bar would be a “windowless room full of palm trees, liquor and Don Ho music.”
In the meantime be sure to check out the Duke’s Surf Bar pop-up set for Rum Bar on Thursday, August 16th. All of the 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10.
Duke’s Surf Bar [Facebook]
Starting today and continuing on the second Tuesday of every month, Tapestry is turing into a beach side tiki bar with tiki attire, island music and a cocktail menu of rotating tiki drinks.
Mike “Juice” Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. will be guest bartending and offering a menu of eight classic tiki drinks. Prices will range from $8 to $13 with most tiki drinks coming in at $9.
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It would appear that tiki pop-ups are the new ramen pop-ups.
Mixologist Katie Loeb who is behind the tiki drinks at Han Dynasty is teaming up with Adam Kanter of Rum Bar to create a one-night tiki pop-up, Duke’s Surf Bar. The pop-up will happen at Rum Bar on Thursday, August 16th. All of the 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10.
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STARR Events will be hosting a three-day Tiki Pop-Up restaurant event from Thusday, June 28 to Saturday the 30th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art East Terrace. Each night from 6 to 9 p.m. for $48 patrons can enjoy Polynesian flavors and entertainment meant to accompany the PMA’s newest exhibit Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia.
Menu items include a whole-roasted pig (of course), Polynesian-style chicken and barbecued brisket with pineapple upside cake as a dessert choice. Admission also includes one free drink from the outdoor Tiki Bar with choices like the Pink Flamingo, The Big Kahuna, and the classic Mai Tai. (After your free drink there is a cash bar all night).
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This Thursday, May 24th, Rum Bar’s resident rum expert Adam Kanter is teaming up with Sailor Jerry National Brand Ambassador Paul Monahan for Tiki Thursday. Monahan will be the guest bartender for the night from 9pm on, serving $5 Sailor Jerry Tiki cocktails created by Kanter and himself.
The cocktails include the “Deckhand:” Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, maple syrup, orange juice, lime, blended with ripe bananas; the“124/Section T:” Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, coco lopez, heavy cream, pineapple, blended with ripe blueberries; and “Spiced Rum Buck:” Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, lime, ginger, Angostura, on rocks topped with soda water.
Rum Bar will also be serving up light Polynesian fare and exotic music as the finishing touch to Tiki Thursday.
Rum Bar [Official Site]
Former Provident National Bank – Designed by Frank Furness
While we were away from our computers last week news broke that the team behind Farmers’ Cabinet is taking over the former bank building at 600 Spring Garden and transferring it into a beer hall and tiki bar. The building has recently housed Transit and 90 Degrees, and to another generation of club goers was best known as The Bank, a nightclub run by Stephen Starr. It was built as the Northern Savings Fund Society Building in 1871-72 by noted Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness.
The as yet unnamed project would turn the main floor into an beer hall. The basement would be converted into a windowless tiki bar with a drink menu designed by cocktail whizzes Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal. Pan-Asian flavors would supplement the tiki drinks downstairs while upstairs Southern barbecue would be the cuisine.
According to Michael Klein the third floor will also be utilized as a brewery/distiller. A pretty interesting intention as we still await Farmers’ Cabinet to begin brewing on site and the difficulties in starting a distillery in Pennsylvania.
The project is aiming for a spring opening, later for the third floor.
So yesterday, I was tweetering about a story from the annual food show on CBS Sunday Morning that had to do with the (totally untrue) “Return of the Tiki Bar.” It was a trend story, which made it highly suspect right from the start. It was a trend story hooked to a pre-holiday broadcast, which made it doubly-suspect. And finally, the entire “Return” portion of the tiki bar “Trend” was hooked to just two joints in NYC–Otto’s Shrunken Head (which actually opened 9 years ago) and PKNY (which has been having problems of its own lately).
The worst part about the whole thing? I love tiki bars and wished like hell that Sunday Morning was actually onto something. Of all the dead trends that I wouldn’t mind seeing resurrected (see Potato Skins below, courtesy of Art), tiki bars–along with tiki drinks served by tiki girls–are near the top of the list. I will trade you a thousand cupcakes, bacon martinis and high-end cheeseburgers for one decent place to get sloshed on Mai Tais and scorpion bowls, is what I’m saying. Basically, one can not say that there is a tiki bar trend happening until there are as many tiki bars on the streets as there are shitty “Prohibition Speakeasies” clogging up the cocktail scene. And here in Philadelphia? We got nothin’.
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